Friday, April 15, 2011

M: Motivation and middle grade books

Happy half way through the A-Z Challenge!

Here's a snapshot of how my brain works:
Last night I talked myself out of working out because I was feeling motivated to work on my book. I got home, dealt with the dogs, ate dinner, and promptly lost all motivation. Spent the rest of the night on the couch watching tv and reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

(Note to self: sitting on the couch with a pen and writing journal means nothing unless one actually writes in said journal. Writing fail.)

Motivation to train for the upcoming half (T-minus five weeks!) and/or work on my book is gone. I'm now desperately seeking susan motivation. Or an idea.

Speaking of my book, I believe it can be classified as middle grade. The mc is a 15-yr old boy and he's off on an adventure with his school buddy to save the world. Yeah, that's the macro-level version.

Since I had such great luck asking for dystopian recommendations, I'm now asking for MG adventure book recommendations. I've read the Percy Jackson books, I listened to both The Graveyard book and the first Ranger's Apprentice book on CD, and I've done the Harry Potter/Hunger Games.

The jury's still out on whether or not I want to read the Lemony Snicket books or the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I don't have anything against them, but I just can't get behind them, either.

I realize MG is a huge umbrella and just doing a google search on MG books brings such a wide variety. I'm looking for books geared more toward adventure. First up? Book 1 from The 39 Clues series.

You tell me:
Where is my motivation? 

Wait, what? No. Wrong question.

You tell me:
Have any MG adventure books you'd like to recommend?


  1. I don't know any middle grade books, but you could probably ask a middle school librarian, or, some of the education majors at your university.

    One of the women that I work with, went to university with the guy who writes the 'Diary of a Wimp Kid' books. I never even knew about them until she mentioned them, and now I see them everywhere.

    Oh! Maybe Scholastics would have suggestions.

    Your exercise motivation is waiting for you at the gym.

    Your writing motivation is waiting for you in your big comfy chair.

  2. So glad I found your blog again! Although I don't read MG, I was going to suggest Percy Jackson as I've heard he's good.

    Motivation - mmm yes. Hearing you on that front too. I push myself, especially in the evenings. Good luck!


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